In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Prov.3;6 ב”ה
Pesach and Tsav: Kohanim, Finding His Gift.
אֲנַ֫חְנוּ נִקְרָא סֵ֫פֶר תְּהִלִּים פֶּרֶק קלט
Tehillim 139; 1 O Lord, You have searched me and known me. 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. 3 You scrutinize my path and my lying down, and are intimately acquainted with all my ways.4 Even before there is a word on my tongue, behold, O Lord, You know it all. 5 You have enclosed me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it. 7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.9 If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will lay hold of me.…23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; 24 And see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.
Malachi 3;1“Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the LORD of hosts. 2 “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. 3 “He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the LORD offerings in righteousness. 4 “Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years.
As we lift up this time as an offering, as we prepare to make a sacred space inside our Holy of Holies for Hashem to STAY within us. As we search for all that which is lifted, arrogant, bloated and inflamed within our souls, let us intentionally evaluate the wrong in our lives and through this and by His mercy…let it be removed and rendered ownerless. With consciousness marching toward Pesach I pray:
Show me my heart
no matter how tarnished it is
melt away the base metals
and if there is anything beautiful inside
show it to me the way You see it
and let it be polished to shine….
תודה על הכל Todah al ha’kol Thank You for It All!
ואמרוּ אָמֵן V’imru Amein
Galatians 5;16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 1 7For the flesh craves what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are opposed to one another, so that you do not do what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. [of the flesh/of sin and death]
Romans 12; 9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.
Ephesians 4; 22 You were taught to put off your former way of life, your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be renewed in the spirit of your minds; 24and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are members of one another. 26 “Be angry, yet do not sin.” Do not let the sun set upon your anger, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.28 He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing good with his own hands, that he may have something to share with the one in need. 29 Let no unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building up the one in need and bringing grace to those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, outcry and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and tender-hearted to one another, forgiving each other just as in Messiah God forgave you.
STOP THINKING. You cannot think and walk at the same time.
When you’re having a deep, thoughtful conversation the walk is slow. It takes a long time, you want it to be drawn out. We’re focusing in on the time when the Jewish people were getting prepared to leave Egypt, this week families all over the world prepare to ‘relive’ and retell the Exodus by preparing for the Seder and Pesach. Again, invest your identity in the slaves of Egypt and STOP THINKING. If you think about it too much- you won’t go out. (slavery)
If I am being ‘beckoned into God’s Presence’, that feeling you get when You Know He is close and drawing you closer, if I over-think it, if I think about it too much…I won’t approach. I’ll begin to think ‘I am not worthy, how could this be, is this really real, why me, it can’t be true….’
STOP THINKING and come close, it is real, this is really happening. Walk.
Sh’mot 12; Now the Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, 2 “This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you. 3 Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, ‘On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a lamb for themselves, according to their fathers’ households, a lamb for each household. 4 Now if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his neighbor nearest to his house are to take one according to the number of persons in them; according to what each man should eat, you are to divide the lamb. 5 Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. 6 You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight. 7 Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. 8 They shall eat the flesh that same night, roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 9 Do not eat any of it raw or boiled at all with water, but rather roasted with fire, both its head and its legs along with its entrails. 10 And you shall not leave any of it over until morning, but whatever is left of it until morning, you shall burn with fire. 11 Now you shall eat it in this manner: with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste—it is the Lord’s Passover….14 ‘Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as a permanent ordinance. 15 Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, but on the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses; for whoever eats anything leavened from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel. 16 On the first day you shall have a holy assembly, and another holy assembly on the seventh day; no work at all shall be done on them, except what must be eaten by every person, that alone may be prepared by you. 17 You shall also observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם אֶת הַמַּצֹּות, for on this very day I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt; therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as a permanent ordinance…. 21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go and take for yourselves lambs according to your families, and slay the Passover lamb. 22 You shall take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and apply some of the blood that is in the basin to the lintel and the two doorposts; and none of you shall go outside the door of his house until morning.
Korban Pesach, the Pesach in Egypt as it was is a one time event, yet its remembrance and observance in bringing the offering to the Temple is a permanent . It consists of two Sabbaths and several explicit from the Biblical text- instructions. Remember our lessons on the importance of the term “shamar” to guard. Verse 17 literally says, you shall safe guard the Matzot’s. וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם אֶת־הַיֹּום הַזֶּה לְדֹרֹתֵיכֶם חֻקַּת עֹולָֽם V’sh’martem et hayom (safeguard the day) hazeh l’doroteychem (through your generations) chukat olam (an eternal statute). We know this was so important because at this very season and time our Lord would be entering Yerushalyim, being ‘observed’ in the Temple, see Matthew 22 (the lamb taken into the house for testing of worthiness to be brought as the Pesach), [he had in previous years removed the leaven from His Father’s house before the Feast (see John 2;13-23)], making his last Seder meal asking that it be observed by his disciples ‘do THIS in remembrance of ME’, see Matthew 26;17-30, then offering up himself on the altar for the ransom of all men. It is also wonderful to note that, in Egypt for the first Korban Pesach…the people were acting out the duties of Kohanim.
Bringing the offering to the “door” of the tent of meeting. /Door’s,entrances of the houses in Goshen.
- Leviticus 1; 3 If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer it, a male without defect; he shall offer it at the doorway of the tent of meeting, that he may be accepted before the LORD.
Blood on the doorpost and two lintels, blood at the base of the door. This is the ‘basin’ where the offering was slaughtered./ Blood on the walls and base of the altar.
- Vayikra 5;9 He shall also sprinkle some of the blood of the sin offering on the side of the altar, while the rest of the blood shall be drained out at the base of the altar: it is a sin offering.
The Pesach offering in Egypt was roasted whole, with the specific body parts detailed in the Vayikra sacrificial texts, mentioned (head,legs, entrails).
- Vayikra 1; 11‘He shall slay it on the side of the altar northward before the LORD, and Aaron’s sons the priests shall sprinkle its blood around on the altar. 12 ‘He shall then cut it into its pieces with its head and its fat, and the priest shall arrange them on the wood which is on the fire that is on the altar. 13 ‘The entrails, however, and the legs he shall wash with water. And the priest shall offer all of it, and offer it up in smoke on the altar; it is a burnt offering, an offering by fire of a soothing aroma to the LORD.
The offering with unleavened bread, (matsot), and that it not be left over until the morning. / Pesach in Egypt with unleavened bread, nothing left over.
- Vayikra 7; 11 ‘Now this is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings which shall be presented to the Lord. 12 If he offers it by way of thanksgiving, then along with the sacrifice of thanksgiving he shall offer unleavened cakes mixed with oil, and unleavened wafers spread with oil, and cakes of well stirred fine flour mixed with oil. 13 With the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving, he shall present his offering with cakes of leavened bread. 14 Of this he shall present one of every offering as a contribution to the Lord; it shall belong to the priest who sprinkles the blood of the peace offerings.15 ‘Now as for the flesh of the sacrifice of his thanksgiving peace offerings, it shall be eaten on the day of his offering; he shall not leave any of it over until morning. 16 But if the sacrifice of his offering is a votive or a freewill offering, it shall be eaten on the day that he offers his sacrifice, and on the next day what is left of it may be eaten; 17 but what is left over from the flesh of the sacrifice on the third day shall be burned with fire. 18 So if any of the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings should ever be eaten on the third day, he who offers it will not be accepted, and it will not be reckoned to his benefit. It shall be an offensive thing, and the person who eats of it will bear his own iniquity.
The eating of the offering within the house/ in the Mishkan.
- Vayikra 6; 25“Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, ‘This is the law of the sin offering: in the place where the burnt offering is slain the sin offering shall be slain before the LORD; it is most holy. 26 ‘The priest who offers it for sin shall eat it. It shall be eaten in a holy place, in the court of the tent of meeting.
Pesach is not only the “first” of the appointed times of Hashem, but it is the first pilgrimage ‘date’ set on His calendar. If the book of Ezekiel speaks in ‘near and far’ prophecy, and the Holy Temple written of in detail therein is a physical place (during the millennial reign), Passover will still be observed. It is awesome that we are reading this week before Pesach, in Parasha Tsav about the ‘inaugural bull’ Aaron brings (see Vayikra 8). At this time the Temple “door posts”,altar and inner court gate will be marked with this bull’s blood. On the 14th day, Pesach will be observed and mat matsots eaten.
יְחֶזְקֵאל Yechezk’el 45;16“All the people of the land shall give to this offering for the prince in Israel. 17 “It shall be the prince’s part to provide the burnt offerings, the grain offerings and the drink offerings, at the feasts, on the new moons and on the sabbaths, at all the appointed feasts of the house of Israel; he shall provide the sin offering, the grain offering, the burnt offering and the peace offerings, to make atonement for the house of Israel.” 18‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “In the first month, on the first of the month, you shall take a young bull without blemish and cleanse the sanctuary. 19“The priest shall take some of the blood from the sin offering and put it on the door posts of the house, on the four corners of the ledge of the altar and on the posts of the gate of the inner court. 20“Thus you shall do on the seventh day of the month for everyone who goes astray or is naive; so you shall make atonement for the house. 21“In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, you shall have the Passover, a feast of seven days; unleavened bread shall be eaten. 22“On that day the prince shall provide for himself and all the people of the land a bull for a sin offering. 23“During the seven days of the feast he shall provide as a burnt offering to the LORD seven bulls and seven rams without blemish on every day of the seven days, and a male goat daily for a sin offering.
What do you think the purpose of ‘marking’ the House of Hashem in that day would be?
We’ve discussed the concept that the Mishkan and the sacrificial system was not something that God ‘needed’, it was for us. The Mishkan, where the tselem Elohim LIVES, Shekinah indwelling presence…the Mikdash, sacred space, sanctuary, the Holy of Holies, our hearts… The temple is… the part inside of each and every person….WHO WE REALLY ARE.
Bring the Pesach here! Showing up and investing ourselves in this sacred time is a
Re’ach Nichoach (“sweet savor” “soothing aroma” “pleasant odor” “pleasing fragrance”). We have in past lessons discussed that the #2371 re’ach רֵ֫יחַ – odor,scent [ shoresh #7306 riach- רִיחַ smell, smell with pleasure, to be pleased, to delight in. ] #5207 nicoach נִיחֹחַ – acquiescence, agreeable [shoresh # 5117 nuwach נוּחַ- rest, remain, deposit, to cause to rest, to quiet, to be set, placed.] is Hashem’s ‘delight in our participation’ in His Order (with the Temple service). When the smoke of the korban (essence-karav- to draw close) ‘reaches’ Hashem He delights in our expression of compliance. This is a quest for nearness. The rabbi’s note that Nachas- which is a term meaning ‘satisfaction’ or pleasure and Ruach (spirit, breath, wind) sound much like reach nichoach. It is a spiritual contentment accomplished between Hashem and adam (man). When we undertake the physical and spiritual preparation for Pesach it can be challenging and daunting. Let whatever offering you decide to bring give you peace of mind, knowing that it is good whatever you have done. Now come to the ‘table of our Lord’ and enjoy one another.
Devarim 16;16“Three times in a year all your males shall appear before the LORD your God in the place which He chooses, at the Feast of Unleavened Bread and at the Feast of Weeks and at the Feast of Booths, and they shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed. 17 “Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you.
No matter how many walls surround you, if you are close to Hashem, when you know Him- you’re free. Others may appear to be free, to travel, to spend, to experience to wander around and yet they are prisoners without Hashem. On Pesach, we tell the truth about God and His deliverance. On Pesach we tell of the struggle from which treasure was gained. When we retell the events of the Exodus with Sinai and the Promised Land in mind, we’re not making believe. There is pain, there is narrowness, there are times of great darkness. On Pesach if one is looking, he can see the root of ‘what is wrong’ with my life- what’s missing, what’s in the way of making the pilgrimage to Yershalayim. Our eyes are illuminated to the chamets= the part of us that is spoiled, that doesn’t belong. That is not really us. In order to reach Yerushalayim we have to honestly face the chamets in our life.
Vayikra 2:10 ‘The remainder of the grain offering belongs to Aaron and his sons: a thing most holy of the offerings to the LORD by fire. 11‘No grain offering, which you bring to the LORD, shall be made with leaven (chamets), for you shall not offer up in smoke any leaven (seor) or any honey as an offering by fire to the LORD.
#6680 (v) tsavah צָוָה – to charge, to command, delegate, commission.
# 4689 (Masc. n) Mistvah מִצְוָה – a command, precept, prohibition.
# 4682 (fem n) Matzah מַצָּה – sweet, unfermented bread. [# 4711 (v) matsats מָצַץ – to draw out with pleasure, to taste, to be sweet.
# 2556 (v) chamets חָמֵץ – splendid, to be of a bright color, to be sour, to be embittered, to act violently.
#2557 (masc. n) chamets חָמֵץ- that which is leavened; that which is gained by violence and wrong.
When you allow something to ‘sit’ beyond the time it should be sitting…when you ignore it, not working with it, when you don’t care for it…when it doesn’t get ‘put it in the oven’,
when there is something you’re putting off…
over time, it becomes spoiled- its hurting me, its becomes Chamets.
Like the addict, who thinks ‘how can I live without…’ This ‘thing’ has become a habit, it has turned, while you’ve sit back too long….
In Mitsrayim, no one believed they could escape. There weren’t barbed wire fences or trained German shepherd dogs in Mistrayim, but they had so convinced themselves they couldn’t be anything more than a slave.
Hashem says: “ I am taking you out” we can make excuses but Hashem says: “Now.” Take the jump. Pesach means….
stop making excuses and change.
When you feel, even when you start to feel, ‘its time to leave’…don’t think, don’t make excuses, just leave- in haste!
Feel the inspiration to change- feel even a hint of clarity, the door is opened, even for a second, run! Leave Mitsrayim. Leave narrowness of heart, of mind, of doctrine, of potential!
Leave the ways of life I’ve become accustomed to, leave the things that aren’t good for me…
# 2664 חָפַשׂ châphas– to seek; to conceal oneself (i.e. let be sought), or mask:—change, (make) diligent (search), disquise self, hide, search (for, out).
- Mishlei 20:25 It is a trap for a man to say rashly, “It is holy! And after the vows to make inquiry. 26 A wise king winnows the wicked, and drives the threshing wheel over them. 27 The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD searching all the innermost parts of his being.,28 Loyalty and truth preserve the king,and he upholds his throne by righteousness.
- Eicha 3:39 Why should any living mortal, or any man, offer complaint in view of his sins? 40 Let us examine and probe our ways, and let us return to the LORD.
- Zephaniah 1;12 “It will come about at that time That I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the men who are stagnant in spirit, who say in their hearts, ‘The LORD will not do good or evil!’
Search with the candle, inside. Find the inner Yerushalayim, here one can be truly cherut חִּיפּוּשׂ- free. The word for search חִּיפּוּשׂ chipus, this is the key to true freedom.
Matsah- before it becomes Chamets.
Asking questions, weighing options you’ll never do it!
Leave before it rises…
Let HASHEM and your walk with Him, korban-drawing near every single day. Let that be the THING which is most essential. Like breathing. What you truly can not LIVE without.
Leaving my own narrowness, my own limitations = leaving Mitsrayim.
Anything else that controls me or controls my life that takes me out of my own comfort zone limits me. Search for what that thing is and “burn” it.
When I am in my own personal exile, I can not effect the world, I can’t do anything for anyone else. Can’t fulfill my mission. But look at how close these words are to one another.
Gallut – Exile Geullah- redemption.
#1546 (Fem.n) גָּלוּת gallut -carrying away, exile; those who are carried away, exiles.
#1540 (v) גָּלָה galah- to be naked, expose, reveal, uncover, to make known, to be LED into exile.]
Yeshayahu 45:11Thus says the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: “Ask Me about the things to come concerning My sons, and you shall commit to Me the work of My hands. 12 “It is I who made the earth, and created man upon it. I stretched out the heavens with My hands and I ordained all their host. 13 “I have aroused him in righteousness and I will make all his ways smooth; He will build My city and will let My exiles go free, without any payment or reward,” says the LORD of hosts.
Yeshayahu 63:4 “For the day of vengeance was in My heart, and My year of redemption has come. 5 “I looked, and there was no one to help, and I was astonished and there was no one to uphold; So My own arm brought salvation to Me, and My wrath upheld Me. 6 “I trod down the peoples in. 7 I shall make mention of the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has granted us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which He has granted them according to His compassion and according to the abundance of His lovingkindnesses. 8 For He said, “Surely, they are My people, sons who will not deal falsely.” So He became their Savior. 9 In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the angel of His presence saved them; In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them, and He lifted them and carried them all the days of old.
#1353 גְּאֻלָּה g’ullah – redemption, relationship, kindredship. [ #1350 (v) גָּאַל ga’al- to require blood, avenge bloodshed, near of kin, to be redeemed.]
Sh’mot 6:6 “Say, therefore, to the sons of Israel, ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from their bondage. I will also redeem (galah) you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. 7 ‘Then I will take you for My people, and I will be your God; and you shall know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
Mitsrayim once was a place where the Jews were safe, survived, made great then…terrible oppression and enslavement. The UN-once was the place where Israel was allowed to become a sovereign nation. Now…that very place is fighting so hard against the growth of Jewish settlement. Why did the Jews need a ‘vote’ from Phar’oh and his ‘security team’? Why did Moshe have to come and ask Phar’oh …Why does Hashem wan’t Phar’oh to give his permission? This is so that the nations could get involved. So that they could see the God of Israel in action. Having Phar’oh, even Phar’oh acknowledge this, even for a moment…what’s a more amazing miracle than the gentiles getting involved (the nations) in Israel’s redemption!
Pesach, the Seder, is the most prepared for night of the year- yet… our concepts of order (the word Seder means Order) are often turned on their head on this night! Whatever ‘order’ in which I thought things should go, may not come to pass. But KNOW that the Seder I had prepared for, will end up to BE in the Order Hashem has planned. No matter how much we prepare ourselves let us take in the TRUTH. It is all just a GIFT FROM HEAVEN. Just a gift, that I can taste what God has given to me. When this happens, I won’t be coming to the conclusion: ‘This is because I prepared myself! How wonderful, I worked hard enough so…’ No. It is a GIFT from Hashem. Tonight we are free. Tonight we taste redemption. Tonight we are Kohanim and kings. Tonight we remember. Tonight I taste awe. If a person is not amazed, not tuned in to the miracles around them every day….the big miracles wont make an effect.
My prayer for us is that we learn to recognize the miraculous gifts that are around us each and everyday. Taking note of the wondrous favors in all seasons and times. Remembering that a BUILT UP FAITH is one that stands and even grows when we go through times that seem unfair, uncomfortable, narrow.
Tehillim 26; 1Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering. 2 Examine me, O LORD, and try me; test my mind and my heart. 3 For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes, and I have walked in Your truth. 4 I do not sit with deceitful men,nor will I go with pretenders. 5 I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked.6 I shall wash my hands in innocence, and I will go about Your altar, O LORD, 7 That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving and declare all Your wonders. 8 O LORD, I love the habitation of Your house and the place where Your glory dwells. 9 Do not take my soul away along with sinners, nor my life with men of bloodshed,10 in whose hands is a wicked scheme, and whose right hand is full of bribes.11 But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me.12 My foot stands on a level place; in the congregations I shall bless the LORD.
If you can’t feel the push from the past- let yourself feel the pull from the Future.
Rabbi Shlomo Katz
May you be blessed at this and every season with the confidence to do a search inside. The oven bakes out everything that has spoiled, so may you be daring enough to go into the fire with Hashem as your strength. Be Kohanim and enjoy His gifts which we could never earn. May we remember the truth that the Lamb was slain and went into the ultimate exile- to death but yet…He rose to redeem us. His resurrection is the promise of what awaits us too. A day of complete order, where our worship will rise as a pleasing sound. A battle cry for the victorious, then, completely free and forever close to our merciful,loving Master.
Shabbat Shalom! Chag Pesach Sameach!
Epilogue: Connections Pesach and Tsav
The sages say Moses had status of king and teacher, yet humbles himself by washing priests.
Likewise, on the night before His death, Yeshua “washed” feet of His disciples.
Upon their consecration, Aaron and sons will eat a solemn meal.
Yeshua does this as His disciples prepare to eat a solemn meal.
It is interesting what Peter says after Yeshua explains, his feet (right toe)- wash also my head (right ear) and hands (right thumb)….
Vayikra 8; 1 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2Take Aaron and his sons with him, and the garments, and the anointing oil, and the sin offering bull, and the two rams, and the basket of unleavened bread, 3 And assemble the entire community at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting.4 And Moses did as the Lord had commanded him, and the community assembled at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting. 5And Moses said to the community: This is the thing the Lord has commanded to do. 6And Moses brought Aaron and his sons forward and bathed them in water.
7And he placed the tunic upon him [Aaron], girded him with the sash, clothed him with the robe, placed the ephod upon him, girded him with the band of the ephod, and adorned him with it.
…22 And he brought near the second ram, the ram of the investitures, and Aaron and his sons leaned their hands [forcefully] upon the ram’s head. 23And he slaughtered [it], and Moses took some of its blood, and placed it on the cartilage of Aaron’s right ear, on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot. 24And he brought Aaron’s sons forward, and Moses placed some of the blood on the cartilage of their right ears, on the thumbs of their right hands, and on the big toes of their right feet, and Moses dashed the blood on the altar, around.
John 13;1 Now before the Feast of the Passover, Yeshua knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. 2 During supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray Him, 3 Yeshua, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God, 4 *got up from supper, and *laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself.
5 Then He *poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. 6 So He *came to Simon Peter. He *said to Him, “Lord, do You wash my feet?” 7 Jesus answered and said to him, “What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.” 8 Peter *said to Him, “Never shall You wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” 9 Simon Peter *said to Him, “Lord, then wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head.”
This was the consecration of Yeshua’s disciples. They were drawn near, at Passover, washed and anointed by him in this way. I think perhaps Peter understood the significance. The concept of the blood upon the ear, hand and foot is that we take the dedication with all our mind, our knowledge (covenant relationship) with Him and let it show in our works and our walk.
[ One might also note, that Yeshua is “marked” by the scars from wounds where blood once flowed at this crown/head, hands and feet…and he is our Kohen Gadol.]
Vayikra 6; 8Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 9“Command Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the law for the burnt offering: the burnt offering itself shall remain on the hearth on the altar all night until the morning, and the fire on the altar is to be kept burning on it. 10‘The priest is to put on his linen robe, and he shall put on undergarments next to his flesh; and he shall take up the ashes to which the fire reduces the burnt offering on the altar and place them beside the altar. 11‘Then he shall take off his garments and put on other garments, and carry the ashes outside the camp to a clean place. 12‘The fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it. It shall not go out, but the priest shall burn wood on it every morning; and he shall lay out the burnt offering on it, and offer up in smoke the fat portions of the peace offerings on it. 13‘Fire shall be kept burning continually on the altar; it is not to go out.
The Temple Altar and sacrificial system come to guide us to elevate our own blood, fat and energy to fuel the fire of the Service of G-d on the Altar of our own bodies. The Altar fire is a metaphor for the human soul, which indeed can only survive in the human body through a daily diet of “offerings”, the various foods that “keep body and soul together”. Our bodies “burn up” the various nutrients we take in, just as the Altar “consumes” the sacrifices. The body requires tending in order to serve as an “altar” for the service of God, just as the Temple Altar had to be tended. Our parshah of TZAV opens with the Mitzvah of TERUMAS HADESHEN, tending the Altar each morning by removing the ashes, followed by stoking the fire with wood to keep it burning bright….Keeping the Altar fire stoked was the daily task of the priests. So each one of us has the task of keeping the “altar” of the body, the digestive system and the liver, properly stoked with the right nutrients in the right quantities. As priests of our own bodies, our aim must be to keep the fire of the soul burning brightly every day — as a “fire offering, a sweet savor for HaShem”. Rabbi Greenbaum on Tsav
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